See Japan With Adam Liaw 2019


See Japan With Adam Liaw 2019



13 Days

Departs Friday, 18th October 2019


From $11,480 PP

Single Room Suppl. $2595 PP

It’s a testament to the popularity of Adam Liaw that The Sun Herald’s Traveller is offering readers a second departure to Japan in the company of this respected cook, author, television personality and Sunday Life magazine columnist.

The places on Traveller’s first reader tour, coinciding with Japan’s hosting this year’s Rugby World Cup and likely the world’s biggest sporting event in 2019, sold out in just a few weeks.

It’s also a tribute to the popularity of Japan itself, one of Traveller’s favourite destinations, that there should be such interest with tens of thousands of Australians already visiting the country in record numbers each year. And year in, year out, Japan continues to rank as the most searched for destination on the website. But if you should require an excuse, aside from its extraordinary cuisine, to holiday in this fascinating land for the first time or on a repeat occasion, this is the year.

The Rugby World Cup, after all, will not just be a fantastic sporting festival, with the event being staged on Asian soil for the first time, it’ll also represent a warm up for the Japanese to next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Even if you’re not a rugby devotee, you will, with Adam as your special guest Traveller Tours guide, be participating in what is, in reality, the national sport of Japan: eating.

So don’t miss this further opportunity, in partnership with Gullivers Sport Travel, to not only experience the Rugby World Cup but to discover the tastes of Japan through the viewpoint of a food expert of the calibre of Adam Liaw.


Meet Your Travel Tours Experts

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The Japanese Culinary Expert

Adam Liaw

A former lawyer, Adam is one of Australia’s leading cooks, and is also an author and TV host. He was the winner of MasterChef Australia in 2010 and has gone on to publish several cook books and is an award-winning host of SBS’s Destination Flavour. He regularly writes for Fairfax Media’s Good Food and Sunday Life magazine, and has appeared on Traveller’s podcast about Japan. Adam is the Goodwill Ambassador for Japanese Cuisine.

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The Rugby World Cup Expert

Georgina Robinson

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be Georgina Robinson’s third time covering the big dance for Fairfax Media. Georgina has reported on the game through three Wallabies coaches, three Rugby Australia chief executives, one Super Rugby title and too many Bledisloe Cup losses. Georgina joined Fairfax Media in 2007 as a general news reporter before moving into sport in 2011. She is the first woman to regularly cover rugby for Fairfax Media.

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The Elite Japanese Chef

Masakazu Yamada

One of the country’s top chefs, and head chef of Kagaya Restaurant in Kanazawa, Yamada is renowned for his philosophy of food and his exquisite dishes that reflect the original landscape and culture of the seasons in this region of Japan. Using local and regional produce, Yamada’s serves delicacies found close to his home and unique to the Ishikawa Prefecture, served with Kanazawa tradition.

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The Gardening Expert

Mark Hovane

Kyoto-based Australian Mark Hovane is a leading expert on Japanese garden history and design. He is a long-term resident of Japan, having lived in the former ancient capital of Kyoto for more than 25 years. Mark remains a passionate advocate for the “contemplative landscapes” that are a feature of any serious visit to Japan.


Day 1: Sydney - Tokyo

Overnight flight to Tokyo with All Nippon Airways.

Day 2: Tokyo to Kyoto

On arrival at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, you’ll be met by Adam Liaw and your English-speaking guide. Your luggage will be forwarded to your hotel. Take the airport line to Shinagawa Station in Tokyo and then a bullet train to Kyoto. On arrival in Kyoto, transfer to the Nikko Princess Hotel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Adam will join you for the remainder of the tour.


Day 3: Kyoto

After breakfast, take a half-day city tour. Sights include Kinkakuji Temple (the Golden Pavilion) and heritage-listed Nijo Castle, which was a royal residence until 1939. Lunch is at Awata Sansou, a traditional and much-awarded Japanese restaurant. At lunch, enjoy a traditional geisha performance and take the opportunity to ask questions. Later, join Adam for an informal welcome reception.


Day 4: Kyoto

Join Adam for a cooking demonstration focused on local produce. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Endo Tempura, a restaurant famous for its deep-fried dishes, located in the famous Gion Geisha district. Later, visit the heritage-listed Kiyomizu Temple, an impressive wooden structure built into the mountainside.


Day 5: Kyoto - Wakura Onsen

Travel by train to Wakura Onsen on the Noto Peninsula, passing Lake Biwa and Kanazawa along the way. You’ll be staying at Kagaya Onsen Ryokan where you’ll be able to experience traditional Japanese hot springs. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner showcasing the style and flavours that have made Kagaya and its hospitality famous. This afternoon, Adam Liaw will introduce an exclusive cooking demonstration by Masakazu Yamada, Kagaya’s top chef.


Day 6: Wakura Onsen - Kanazawa

This morning, explore historic Wajima market, Japan’s largest. Enjoy lunch at Michelin-starred Gyokusentei, which overlooks a stunning Japanese garden. Later, travel to Kanazawa to visit the old district of Higashiyama – known as a geisha district, former samurai residential area and home to Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s Three Great Gardens.


Day 7: Kanazawa

Spend the day at your leisure. You might like to visit Takayama’s historic district and Matsuri no Mori museum, see Kanazawa Castle or visit Omicho Market, Kanazawa’s largest fresh food market.


Day 8: Kanazawa - Tokyo

Take the new Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) line to Tokyo, arriving in the afternoon. Check into the five-star Imperial Hotel and attend a reception hosted by the hotel during which you will have the opportunity to hear about the fascinating history of this Tokyo landmark.


Day 9: Tokyo - Yokohama - Tokyo

In the mid-afternoon, transfer by coach to International Stadium Yokohama for your first 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final No.1 match day with kickoff at 5pm. You’ll be transferred back to your hotel afterwards, by chartered coach.


Day 10: Tokyo - Yokohama - Tokyo

This morning, take a tour of Tokyo, including Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street in Asakusa. Later, transfer to International Stadium Yokohama for the Rugby World Cup Semi Final No.2, for a 6pm kick off. You’ll be transferred back to your hotel afterwards, by chartered coach.


Day 11: Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Tokyo

This morning, travel to Mount Fuji and Hakone National Park. Visit the 5th station of Mt Fuji before taking a cruise on Lake Ashi. Lunch is at Fuji no Chaya, at a local restaurant where you’ll get to sample Hoto Noodles, a local speciality served in a delicious hotpot with miso and vegetables. Return to Tokyo by coach and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Day 12: Tokyo

Spend the day at your leisure. You can join your tour leader on an optional walking tour to the Imperial Palace East Gardens. This afternoon, transfer to Haneda Airport for your overnight flight to Australia with All Nippon Airways.

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Platinum Series Tours

From the welcome cocktails overlooking the Imperial Palace at sunset in Tokyo to your stay in a traditional Onsen ryokan in Wakura, experience a collection of Platinum pleasures during your next visit to Japan.

Janesco’s Platinum Series of luxury tours are fully escorted and offer gourmet experiences of regional delicacies, first class bullet train travel and 5-star comfort to enhance your Japan holiday. Platinum tours are at a relaxed pace, avoiding early morning starts, your luggage is forwarded by same-day courier service and airport transfers are by private limousine.


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  • Return economy flights Sydney-Tokyo with All Nippon Airways
  • 10 nights’ accommodation, sharing twin/double
    rooms throughout
  • Local English-speaking Japanese guide
  • Executive coach transportation
  • Bullet train Tokyo-Kyoto, standard class
  • Limited express train Kyoto-Wakura Onsen, standard class
  • Bullet train Kanazawa-Tokyo, standard class
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, four lunches, one dinner
  • 1 x Semi Final No.1 and 1 x Semi Final No.2 Rugby World Cup 2019 Category C tickets with all Rugby World Cup royalties and 2019 merchandise Return match transfers by coach for Rugby World Cup games


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